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North Korea’s “Carrier-Killer” May Be No Such Thing

North Korea’s “Carrier-Killer” May Be No Such Thing

The missile rumored to be KN-17 is displayed during a military parade in Pyongyang on April 18 (Photo: Reuters) Details are still scarce on last Friday’s missile test, but it appears to have been the missile provisionally named “KN-17” and described in sensational press reports as a “Carrier-Killer.” We have seen this missile before, [...]

How Might North Korea Test an ICBM?

How Might North Korea Test an ICBM?

In his 2017 New Year’s Address, Kim Jong Un mentioned (among many other things) that North Korea had “entered the final stage of preparation for the test launch of intercontinental ballistic missile.” It should be noted that this was neither the focus of his speech—which, for the most part, was a list of last year’s accomplishments—nor [...]

North Korean and Chinese Nuclear Weapons Development: Two Peas in a Pod?

North Korean and Chinese Nuclear Weapons Development: Two Peas in a Pod?

North Korea’s rapid nuclear and missile development has intensified the debate over the efficacy of US and South Korean policies toward Pyongyang. Comparing North Korea’s weapons development to China’s own arms activities can contextualize these discussions, in part by highlighting the remarkable speed with which North Korea has accomplished [...]

Location of KN-08 Reentry Vehicle Nosecone Test Identified

Location of KN-08 Reentry Vehicle Nosecone Test Identified

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Henry Kan. On March 15, North Korean media carried photographs of Kim Jong Un as he observed and guided a test of the nose cone for what appears to be the KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) reentry vehicle. The photographs show a vertical engine test stand that, while [...]

North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons: The Great Miniaturization Debate

North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons: The Great Miniaturization Debate

On December 20, 2014, the South Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND) released a white paper that contained a surprising statement about North Korea’s nuclear program. “North Korea seems to have made significant progress in miniaturizing its nuclear weapons.” The MND Minister had made a similar statement in October, but for some [...]

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